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Post 11/23/2015

November 23 Cowlitz Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,346 coho adults, 751 coho jacks, 164 fall Chinook adults, eight fall Chinook jacks, 89 summer-run steelhead, and 18 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Post 11/09/2015

Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.

The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing 1-1/4 pounds.

The Department is currently preparing to stock lakes in southwest and western Washington in time for Black Friday, Nov. 27. In eastern Washington, thousands of smaller trout stocked in lakes last year should have grown to catchable size.
Post 11/09/2015

WDFW seeks support for steelhead license plate

OLYMPIA – A special license plate featuring a steelhead – the official state fish of Washington – could be an option for vehicle owners if a proposal for the new plate is approved by the state Legislature.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is proposing the plate to generate revenue that would be used to help support activities critical to conserving populations of native steelhead.
Post 11/02/2015

November WDFW Weekender Report for SW Washington

Fishing: As this year’s banner fall chinook season winds down, area anglers are turning their attention to winter steelhead fishing. Thanksgiving Day traditionally marks the start of the popular fishery, but some anglers start working their favorite rivers well ahead of time.

Catch totals usually start to ramp up as area rivers swell with rainwater, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Steelhead move upriver on pulses of water,” he said. “Once the sky opens up, we’ll see more fish on the move.”
Post 10/30/2015

Daily coho limit reduced to 1 fish on lower-Columbia tributaries

OLYMPIA – Starting Nov. 1, anglers will be restricted to one hatchery-reared adult coho salmon per day as part of their catch limit on several tributaries to the lower Columbia River.

Poor returns of coho salmon prompted state fishery managers to reduce the daily limit to one hatchery adult coho – down from six – to preserve fish for state hatchery propagation and restoration programs.

Waters affected by the new limit include the Cowlitz, Deep, Grays, Elochoman, Toutle, Green, Tilton, Cispus, Kalama, Lewis and Washougal rivers, plus Mayfield Lake and Lake Scanewa.